Lt. Col. Dr. Mika Juha Kerttunen

Lt. Col. Dr. Mika Juha Kerttunen

Director, Department of Leadership

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 372 717 6041

Office: Room 404


Lt. Col. Dr. Kerttunen is the Director of the Department of Leadership at the Baltic Defence College. After graduating from Finnish Military Academy in 1986, he served for five years in Jaegerbrigade in Finnish Lapland. He is a graduate of the Finnish General Staff Officer Course (1995) and the Norwegian Command and Staff College's Advanced Course (1999). He holds a Ph.D. in World Politics from the University of Helsinki (1999). He served many years as a lecturer in strategic studies and as Director of the Department for Strategic and Defence Studies at the Finnish National Defence University and for two years in the Swedish National Defence College. He is also Adjunct Professor in Military Strategy at the Finnish National Defence University. Lt. Col. Dr. Kerttunen has been involved in the Latvian National Defence Academy-Baltic Defence College Master's Degree from its very beginning in 2009. As a voluntary chairman of Tartu International School, he is also in charge of a basic school and a day-care unit in Tartu.

Areas of Expertise

  • Theoretical military strategy
  • Ontology and methodology of Cyber Studies

Selected Publications

  • Kerttunen, Mika. 2014 [Forthcoming]. Finnish Decision-Making in Military Crisis Management. [eds.] Håkan Edström and Dennis Gyllensporre. Alike of Different: Strategic Thinking in Scandinavia. Stockholm: Santérus FörlagForthcoming, 2014.
  • Kerttunen, Mika. 2014 [Forthcoming]. Sweden, Finland, and the Question of Neutrality. [ed.] Mary Hampton. The Baltic Security Triangle. Montgomery, Alabama: United States Air University, 2014.
  • Kerttunen, Mika. 2014 [Forthcoming]. Cyber Cooperation: A Framework. STETE Yearbook 2013. Helsinki: STETE, 2014.
  • Kerttunen, Mika. 2013. Sotilasstrategian tutkimuksen perusteita (On Scientific Foundations of Military Strategic Research) [ed.] Pekka Sivonen. Suomalaisia näkökulmia strategian tutkimukseen (Finnish Perspectives on Strategy Research). Helsinki: Finnish National Defence University, 2013.
  • Kerttunen, Mika. 2013. Organic Clausewitz. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Foreign Military Studies Office, 2013.
  • Kerttunen, Mika. 2011. A Transformed Insurgency. The Strategy of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in the Light of Communist Insurgency Theories and a Modified Beaufrean Exterior/Interior Framework. Small Wars and Insurgencies. 2011, 22, 1.


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